Foundation to distribute$9.3 million in grants

first_imgApplications for 2003 IOTA legal assistance for the poor general support and special purpose grants were recently distributed by The Florida Bar Foundation to legal assistance providers in Florida.The amount of funds available for 2003 is $9.3 million.“These grant funds represent a very significant support for the delivery of legal assistance to low-income families,” said Tallahassee’s William H. Davis, chair of the Foundation’s Legal Assistance for the Poor Grant Committee. “The Foundation and the legal profession in Florida, through its participation in the IOTA program and through the provision of pro bono legal services, continues to be a primary supporter of equal access to justice.”Davis said following a couple of years of significant decreases in funds available to provide these grants, the amount available for 2003 will be 4.8 percent lower than 2002.“The Foundation recognizes that support for these vital services, from the Foundation and all other current sources, is substantially insufficient to meet these needs,” Davis said.Currently, 38 programs receive grants under the LAP program. Every county in Florida is served by at least one of these programs. In 2002, the programs provided legal assistance to more than 95,000 persons. Services are provided through staff and pro bono attorneys. The cases handled are determined through local community priorities set by local boards of directors. Predominantly, the cases handled are family, housing, income maintenance, and consumer.The 2003 grant year will mark the 21st time that IOTA funds have been awarded in the legal assistance for the poor category. Florida’s IOTA program, the first in the nation, has awarded more than $154 million in IOTA LAP grants over the program’s 21-year history. November 1, 2002 Regular News Foundation to distribute $9.3 million in grantscenter_img Foundation to distribute$9.3 million in grantslast_img read more

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Marseille open probe after Evra sending-off

first_imgEvra kicking a fan in the standsMarseille, France | AFP | Marseille said Friday they had opened an inquiry after defender Patrice Evra was sent off for launching a karate-style kick at a fan ahead of the Europa League match against Vitoria Guimaraes.Evra, 36, was handed a red-card Thursday when he launched the attack following a heated exchange with a group of Marseille fans on the touchline before the kickoff.Announcing the probe, Marseille said in a statement: “No matter what happens, a professional player must maintain self-control despite provocations and insults, no matter how unjustified they may be.”Evra was confronted by a group of supporters who had managed to get out of an area reserved for around 500 Marseille fans, who had travelled to Portugal for the game.Stewards at the ground quickly intervened to break up the trouble, with Evra, who was originally listed as a substitute, ordered to return to the dressing room by the referee.“Pat has experience, and he must not react, it’s obvious,” said Marseille coach Rudi Garcia whose side lost the game 1-0 and also had Boubacar Kamara sent off three minutes from time.“Patrice is a more than just an experienced player. You can’t respond, of course, to insults as bad as they are and as incredible as they might be because they come from one of our supporters.”“He must learn to keep his cool. That’s all I can say.”Garcia, however, blasted the fan who taunted the 81-times capped Evra at the compact Portuguese stadium. “He’s not a supporter of Marseille, because you can’t insult your own players, you have to be behind all of us.”The incident immediately brought back memories of another act of kung-fu kick madness by a French footballer.In January 1995, Eric Cantona, playing for Manchester United, launched a flying kick at a Crystal Palace supporter at Selhurst Park who had jeered him after he had been sent off.Cantona’s assault led to a nine-month ban handed down by the English Football Association.According to football statisticians Opta on Thursday: “Patrice Evra is the first player to be sent off before the start of a match in the history of the Europa League”.Europe’s second-tier tournament replaced the UEFA Cup for the 2009-2010 season.Evra, also a former Manchester United star, has received heavy criticism for his performances this season and lost his place in the team to on-loan Aston Villa left-back Jordan Amavi. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Supreme Court Allows Broad Enforcement of Asylum Limits

first_imgThe U.S. Supreme Court will allow the federal government to enforce its new asylum rules. Under the new requirements, people seeking asylum need to do so in a third country.That would block immigrants from Central and South America from seeking asylum at the southern border of the U.S.The high court said the administration could enforce the new rule while it’s challenged in court.Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote a scathing dissent after the Supreme Court approved President Donald Trump’s request to allow his administration to enforce its new aggressive asylum rules.Out of the four liberal justices sitting on the Supreme Court, Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg were the only judges to dissent.“Once again the Executive Branch has issued a rule that seeks to upend longstanding practices regarding refugees who seek shelter from persecution,” Sotomayor wrote in her dissenting opinion. “Although this Nation has long kept its doors open to refugees — and although the stakes for asylum seekers could not be higher — the Government implemented its rule without first providing the public notice and inviting the public input generally required by law.”last_img read more

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Chelsea v Man Utd: match preview, team news, facts and figures

first_imgJohn Terry and Juan Mata (background) can both expect good receptionsKick-off: 4pm, Sunday 7 February 2016Referee: Michael Oliver (Ashington, Northumberland)Match in a nutshell: Chelsea defend an eight-match unbeaten league run against a Manchester United side who haven’t beaten the Blues since October 2012.Five key battles: Including John Terry v Wayne RooneyBetVictor.com preview: Hiddink can get the better of Van Gaal Injuries and suspensionsCHELSEARuled out: Radamel Falcao (thigh), Loic Remy (calf), Alexandre Pato (fitness).Fitness test: Pedro (groin).MANCHESTER UNITEDRuled out: Bastian Schweinsteiger (knee), Marcos Rojo (shoulder), Luke Shaw (broken leg), Ashley Young (groin), Antonio Valencia (foot).Fitness test: Phil Jones (ankle). Possible line-upsChelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Oscar; Costa. Subs from: Begovic, Amelia, Aina, Cahill, Miazga, Baba, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Traore, Kenedy, Hazard.Manchester United: De Gea; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson; Carrick, Fellaini; Lingard, Mata, Martial; Rooney.Subs from: Romero, Varela, McNair, Jones, Schneiderlin, Herrera, Pereira, Depay. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesChelsea total: D W D D W (9 points)Home: D D D W L (6 points)Manchester United total: W L W D W (10 points)Away: W D L L D (5 points)Top scorers – all competitionsChelsea: Costa 10; Oscar 8, Willian 8; Pedro 3, Ramires 3, Remy 3; Azpilicueta 2, Cahill 2, Fabregas 2, Zouma 2; Falcao 1, Hazard 1, Ivanovic 1, Kenedy 1, Loftus-Cheek 1, Matic 1, Terry 1, Traore 1.Manchester United: Rooney 14; Martial 9; Mata 6; Depay 5; Herrera 3, Lingard 3; Blind 2, Fellaini 2; Januzaj 1, Pereira 1, Schneiderlin 1, Schweinsteiger 1, Smalling 1.Last five meetings28 December 2015: Man Utd 0 Chelsea 018 April 2015: Chelsea 1 Man Utd 026 October 2014: Man Utd 1 Chelsea 119 January 2014: Chelsea 3 Man Utd 126 August 2013: Man Utd 0 Chelsea 0Chelsea 2 wins, Man Utd 0 wins, 3 drawsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Daryl ‘Nightmare’ Naidu: scaring off Durban’s bullies

first_imgWrestler and community youth worker Daryl “Nightmare” Naidu will feature in the next instalment of Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part TV series, to be aired on Sunday 27 July at 9pm on SABC2. “I don’t know if it’s my intimidating looks or the good work I do but kids look up to me,” says Daryl “Nightmare” Naidu. (Image: Daryl Naidu)Brand South Africa+27 11 483 [email protected] PhilipHis legs are pillars, his technique textbook as he plants them to steady himself. He shifts his weight as he grabs his target by the shoulder and arm, rolls him along his own bulging arm, lifts him effortlessly and flings him easily over his shoulder. His hapless prey drops like deadweight. Looking up at the Nightmare – his opponent’s ring name – the fallen wrestler can only wonder how much more pain he will have to endure.Daryl ‘The Nightmare’ Naidu is the blueprint of a wrestler – a ball of aggression with ripped legs and toned arms – but he blows away every pigeonholed idea you may have. At almost two metres tall and as broad as heaven’s expanse, the first impression Naidu creates is one of explosive anger. His ringside antics give you only a cursory glance into the chaotic world of a man who has earned renown as a wrestler and, more importantly, as a community youth worker.The dropoutNaidu dropped out of high school, partied without considering the consequences, disregarded guidance from his parents and funded his drug habits with odd jobs when his parents eventually cut him off. “I wanted to be one of the cool kids, but they turned on me when I tried to reform myself. They resorted to violence when I stopped funding our drug habit.”Being a victim of this extreme form of bullying lit a spark and Naidu went from being the cool bad boy to rededicating himself to wrestling. Calm and meticulous when he speaks, he explains that bullying is the root of the problem facing kids in Chatsworth. “It’s a slippery slope from being bullied to becoming a bully to gangsterism, violence and substance abuse. By starting at the root it’s only a matter of time before we can dissolve the bigger problems by giving kids a solid foundation to build on.”Naidu has gone from being the rebel without a cause to a celebrated wrestler with legions of fans, with the obligatory nemesis. He is recognised on the streets of the Durban and applauded in the Chatsworth community. Wrestling started out as the means to his own salvation but it is the end that has allowed him a certain amount of celebrity, fame that he now uses to run an anti-bullying campaign in his drug-riddled poor community.“Being celebrated in Durban made me want to always walk that straight and narrow path. To live a positive, loving life and helping others. I was no saint growing up but I chose to love life over living a negative life.”Finding ambition in the wrestling ringThe wrestling ring has long been home for Naidu. He matured there and found a way to work past the mistakes he made in his own life. Those mistakes, he tells kids, made him want to do something to help kids he saw going down the path he managed to escape.“Wrestling gave me ambition; it occupied my mind, kept me busy. Once I started achieving goals and getting praise I felt better about myself and never looked back. I use wrestling, sport, to give kids direction. If I can change their lives, make them role models, together we can change the nation.”It’s not his intimidating demeanour that allows him to connect with the kids he helps. He welcomes anyone to his wrestling academy, based at the Chatsworth Youth Centre, and encourages kids to join him in volunteering at the other outreach projects at the centre. He is successful because he talks to kids in a language they understand. “Humour … humour … and making them laugh when I talk to them. Kids are looking for someone they can relate to and not some stern guy in a suit and tie.”Nightmare uses his own life experience to help kids understand that life can be bigger than the world they find themselves trapped in. He says it will not be easy to for them to change but that the rewards are worth the pain. “Substance abuse held me back from becoming who I was destined to be. Wrestling gave me the self-confidence to speak out, to stand up, to become a role model who gives back to the community.”It’s the most important lesson he feels he can teach kids who look to him for guidance. He warns kids that he changed his life because he had to, and he wants them to make the right choices before they are forced to. “I warn kids that they are in danger of becoming the people they surround themselves with. They need to surround themselves with people that celebrate you, not tolerate you, because you are the architect of you own destiny.” “I am a walking billboard for everything I believe in,” Daryl Nightmare Naidu. (Image: Daryl Naidu)A child of MandelaThat his message is heard in Chatsworth matters to him. To kids here he is a superhero and he is happy to use that status to make a difference in his world. It hurts, he says – letting his superhero mask slip and showing human emotion – that kids find it so easy to give up their dreams; that if he can change the course of his life then anyone can. “If they need help, I will be there for them to lean on.”When Naidu talks about wrestling he uses the vocabulary of addiction – dependent, enabled, intervention and rehabilitate – but it is his addiction to wrestling that has helped him beat his other demons. Nightmare says that stepping into the ring makes him feel like he just won the lottery or found money lying on the floor.He celebrates his new life with body art, among the many tattoos that cover his muscular frame are the words ‘Don’t be a bully. Be a star’ across his hands. “The portrait of Nelson Mandela on my calf shows that world that I am a child of Mandela, proudly South African and choosing to live my life in his spirit.”last_img read more

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a month agoNewcastle boss Bruce understands home jeers

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Bruce understands home jeersby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePremier League strugglers Newcastle and Brighton played out a 0-0 draw which does neither side many favours.The Seagulls dominated and went closest through substitute Aaron Connolly’s chip which was cleared off the line by a Fabian Schar overhead kick.It was another disappointing day for Newcastle, who were poor in front of a far-from-full St James’ Park.Toon boss Steve Bruce said: “I can understand their frustration against a very decent Brighton team and in particular we were, first half, disappointing with what we were trying to do.”I think of all the possession, the vast majority if you look at it and analyse them, they have a lot in their own half, which frustrates a lot of teams.”We didn’t help ourselves by trying to get after it too early and didn’t organise our press well enough until we got into the second half, where we defended slightly deeper and changed slightly, and it made it better for us.”But most of the possession they have if you analyse them… I said it on Friday, that they would come here and be that way.”They have so many passes in their own half, that’s the way.” last_img read more

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Rep Wendzel to host local coffee hour

first_img25Apr Rep. Wendzel to host local coffee hour Categories: Wendzel News State Representative Pauline Wendzel announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during a morning coffee hour.The coffee hour will take place on Monday, April 29th at the Early Bird Eatery, 9735 Red Arrow Hwy in Bridgman from 10 to 11 a.m.“Last months ‘Pints with Pauline’ was a big hit,” Wendzel said.  “I look forward to rotating morning and evening outreach events all over the district to speak with as many constituents as possible.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend are invited to contact her Lansing office by phone at 517-373-1403 or email [email protected]last_img

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